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House Organ Photo Contest wants pet photos, videos, more

Posted by on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in Articles, October 2011.

Enter photos using Flickr and videos via email through Oct. 14

This is the 30th year that House Organ has called on Vanderbilt staff, students, volunteers and faculty to submit photographs to the House Organ Photography Contest, the winners of which will be featured, one per month, in the 2012 House Organ Calendar, to be included in the combined December/January issue.

We are also asking for pictures of your pets. Selected pet pictures will be featured in the February 2012 issue in a “Pets of the Medical Center” feature.

We also invite the Vanderbilt community to send us links to pet videos that you have posted online, so that we may share those links as part of the February 2012 “Pets” issue.

For the first time this year, we are using the popular online photo sharing site Flickr to collect the photo entries. Video entries will be submitted by sending links to a dedicated Vanderbilt email address.


Calendar Photography Contest: Open to all subject matter. Twelve winners will be selected on the basis of interest, technical proficiency and suitability, and printed in the House Organ Calendar.

Pet Photography Division: Photographs of pets of Vanderbilt staff, faculty and students are welcomed. Photographic skill matters less than pictures that show the personality of the pets. It’s OK for people to be in the pictures, too. At the discretion of the judges, pet pictures may be considered for the calendar.

Those who want to include some information about their pets, such as age, or the fact that she was picked up as a stray, or that he howls when a fire truck goes by, are encouraged to do so in the body of the Flickr email. At the very least, tell us the pet’s name and the names of others in the pictures.

Pet Videos: Post your pet video to a site that hosts video, such as YouTube (Do not send the video as an attachment. Post it to a host site.) Then send the URL to the video entry address below, and some of the best videos will be linked to from the House Organ website as part of the 2012 Pets issue.

General rules (please read and follow carefully to avoid the disqualification of your entry):

How to enter

1. Click on the button on the House Organ home page to enter, or go directly to the House Organ Photo Contest dedicated email which connects to Flickr: Please read over Flickr’s terms of use before entering.

2. Please attach only one photo per email.

3. Your name, department or school, phone number, and email address must be included in the body of the email. Please note, Flickr does not post notification that your images have been received. Entries go into a gallery viewable by the judges.

How do I send a pet video? Post your favorite videos of your pet or pets to a video hosting site, such as YouTube, then send an email with the URL link to

Who may enter: The contest is open to Vanderbilt staff and faculty, volunteers and students of graduate programs, including nursing and medical students. People who work in News and Communications are not eligible for the calendar competition. The photo must have been taken by the person entering it.

What type of photography is suitable? Anything—studio portraits, still lifes, landscapes, art photographs, aerial photography, pictures of children, pictures of adults and pictures of pets—have all won in the past.

What formats are acceptable? The images must saved as .jpg images. Please note that cell phone photos or other low-resolution images won’t work for print.

What information should be included with each entry? Your name, department or school, an email address and a phone number should be in the body of the email. With the pet photographs, include the name of the pet and the names of any people in the photograph with the pet.

When is the deadline? Midnight on Friday, Oct. 14. No entries received afterward will be considered.

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